Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, April 12, 2008
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes
by Seth Merrow

Turf wagers are turf only

Best Bets

Aqueduct, Race 6, Meriwether Jessica.
Aqueduct, Race 10, Grasberg.
Keeneland, Race 4, exacta box, Pick Six/Equitable.
Keeneland, Race 9, Monba.
Keeneland, Race 10, exacta box, Lattice/French Beret.
Laurel, Race 9, Lady Digby.

Aqueduct: Comely G2 $150K

Zaftig...Lightly-raced but the first two seem to indicate some promise.
Ready for Fortune...Good try in the G2 Cicada last time.
Lady Chace...Seems to be an improved 3YO. Dangerous.
Elusive Lady.

Wager: $5 WP on Zaftig.
...$2 exacta box top two.
..$1 tri key Zaftig over next three.

Gulfstream: Holy Bull G3 $150K

Hey Byrn...OK fourth in the G1 FL Derby. Won't have to be a superstar to handle this field.
Dream Maestro...Just broke his maiden but seems to be moving in the right direction after five starts.
Chief Bear...Still a maiden -- but toss that last and it looks like there might be some potential here.
Famous Patriot.

Wager: $5 WP on Thousand Words.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 tri key Hey Byrn over next three.

Keeneland: Jenny Wiley G2 $200K

Precious Kitten...Tepid nod is a very contentious field. A near-miss second in this race last year. The concern is the layoff.
Lady of Venice...Similar scenario to top pick. Clearly capable in here -- but has been on the sidelines for awhile.
Sealy Hill...Yet another that has a fitness question -- but ran well last year.

Wager: $5 WP on Precious Kitten.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Keeneland: Commonwealth G2 $400K

Thousand Words...Frankel/Juddmonte runner passed up yesterday's G1 Maker's Mark Mile for this spot. Should be set-up well coming off of the two SoCal starts.
Storm Military...Could be a Frankel exacta as this one is also bring in some good form from Santa Anita.
Forefathers...Showed some early promise as a 3YO last year. First start of 2008 says he might be ready to move forward.

Wager: $5 WP on Thousand Words.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Keeneland: Blue Grass G1 $750K

Monba...We've been chasing Pletcher's runners along the Derby Trail all season -- and just missed on a couple of them at a price. Coming out of the Hollywood race last year we felt this guy would be one to watch -- so, needless to say, we were hugely disappointed by the 3YO debut. Expect improvement here -- but will it be enough? We'll see...
Pyro...Very impressive in his two Fair Grounds starts. Clearly the one to beat.
Visionaire...Five solid starts on five different tracks. This guy is a serious contender here.
Cowboy Cal.

Wager: $5 WP on Monba.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Oaklawn: Instant Racing $75K

Sky Mom...Asmussen trainee actually seems to be rounding into top form over the past two or three starts.
Oh Lovely...Ran second behind the top-notch Eight Belles in only stakes start.
Euphony...Interesting on the stretch-out.
Sweet Redeemer.

Wager: $5 WP on Sky Mom.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Oaklawn: Arkansas Derby G2 $1mil

Gayego...We should get a little bit of a barometer-read on the SoCal talent here. This guy contended out there.
King's Silver Son...Took this one awhile to break through -- but he seems to have figured it out now.
Liberty Bull...Consistent on the second- [or perhaps third-] tier of this division. Looks like a fit with this bunch.
Ablaze With Spirit.

Wager: $5 WP on Gayego.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Santa Anita: La Puente $100K

In Uniform...Brings over some of that Euro turf-class.
Capture the Call...Seemed to appreciate the return to grass.
Afleet Ruler...Also ran well in grass debut.
No Jepordy.

Wager: $5 WP on In Uniform.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Coast-to-coast Archives...Picks, plays and results from previous weeks


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